In the coming decades, numerous projects will come on stream to revitalise, regenerate and network our rivers as part of an ecological uplift programme. The reason behind these measures is the revised water protection legislation which came into force in 2011.
River engineers, anglers and bird conservationists alike can all learn a great deal from these projects about watercourses – about their dynamics and functions. This will help us to improve the projects on an on-going basis. It is no exaggeration to say that this represents a historic opportunity that is unparalleled worldwide.
Eawag and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) are contributing to the learning process and to the exchange of knowledge through the Swiss Rivers programme that was initiated in 2013. Unanswered real-world questions are tackled by research projects, with an emphasis on revitalisation and remediation measures in hydropower.
The Swiss Rivers programme has two objectives:
- Long-term enforcement support through practice-oriented and interdisciplinary research
- Promoting the exchange of knowledge between real-world practice and academia